Twitter Cracks Down on Tweetdeckers With Mass Account Suspensions

Twitter goes after accounts behind artificially viral tweets

Twitter Cracks Down on Tweetdeckers With Mass Account Suspensions

This is strictly against Twitter's terms of use, which it reiterated last month when it announced a crackdown on third-party apps that allow users to make posts and retweets automatically. In a further push to stop tweetdeckers, Twitter has reportedly banned a number of accounts that have been known for mass-retweeting or copying and spreading each others tweets.

Buzzfeed reported that numerous suspended accounts includes @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, @reiatabie, @commonwhitegiri, @teenagernotes, @finah, @holyfag, and @memeprovider.

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Many of these accounts were hugely popular, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers.

Over the weekend, Twitter suspended some of its most popular accounts, some of which had millions of followers, for violating rules regarding spam.

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"To be clear: Twitter prohibits any attempt to use automation for the goal of posting or disseminating spam, and such behaviour may result in enforcement action", said Yoel Roth, Twitter's head of API policy and product trust. This means that even if their accounts are restored, violating the spam policy will be grounds for permanent deletion. More than 50,000 Twitter accounts were allegedly linked to the Russian government and may have been used to influence the 2016 USA presidential elections.

Twitter has been cleaning up its social network in a bid to promote more genuine interaction among users which is why it has now gone after accounts that create artificially viral tweets. However, the move of Friday to suspend known tweetdeckers is just a great action taken by the company.

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Twitter declined to comment on individual accounts. It's all part of the company's ongoing struggle to clean up its platform, a process that has also come to include looking for outside assistance.

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